Coming into his 28th season on the Tribe sidelines, Zbig Kepa brings the College one of the nation’s most experienced and accomplished offensive coordinators. Evidence of this can be found in the fact that the school’s career leaders in rushing yards, passing yards, total offense, receiving yards, touchdown passes and receptions, to name a few, have all played during Kepa’s tenure running the Tribe’s offense. Kepa’s time with the College began in 1984, when he arrived as a part-time assistant and worked primarily with the defense. The following year he became a full-time assistant and moved to offense where he took charge of the receivers, a position he will have specific oversight of this season. Kepa primarily recruits eastern Pennsylvania. He also recruits western New York, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Since joining the offensive staff, Kepa has helped develop one of the most productive offenses in FCS football. The 1996 team led the conference in total offense, while the 1993 unit finished sixth in the nation in total yards with the second-highest total (5,504) in school history. Overall, the Tribe is averaging nearly 400 yards of total offense per game during Kepa’s 19-year stint as the offensive coordinator. He oversaw the most prolific singleseason receiving performance in school history by Dominique Thompson (1,585 yards; 79 receptions; 13 TDs) in 2004. Kepa also developed the school’s all-time leading receiver, Rich Musinski (‘04), who became just the third player in Championship Subdivision history to surpass the 4,000-yard career receiving mark. Kepa’s receivers dominate the W&M record book, as nine of the top 10 all-time career receiving yardage leaders were developed under his mentorship. Prior to Musinski, the most prolific of the group was 2000 graduate Dave Conklin (1996-99), who left the College as the all-time leader in receiving yards (3,269), catches (190) and touchdown catches (27). Harry Mehre (1985-89) was the first to etch his name into the archives, as he set a then career receiving yardage mark (2,748) and earned AP All-America honors as a senior. Kepa has also groomed a pair of student-athletes to conference Rookie of the Year honors (Conklin, 1996; Musinski, 2000). In his 27 seasons at W&M, Kepa has tutored 13 receivers to 16 all-conference citations, including four first-team honorees. Most recently, current wide out Ryan Moody and ‘10 graduate Chase Hill both earned All-CAA distinction last season. The mostdecorated of all Kepa’s receivers is Musinski, who graduated as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (4,168), receptions (223) and touchdown catches (31), and was a three-time first-team all-league pick from 2001 to 2003. Kepa grew up in northern Indiana and attended Bishop Noll Institute, where he lettered four years in football. After graduation in 1975, he accepted a football scholarship at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. He led the Pumas at quarterback and defensive back before a knee injury ended his playing career. He continued at St. Joseph’s as a student assistant coach and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health. Kepa stayed on the Pumas’ staff for the 1979 and 1980 seasons, while working on his master’s degree in health and physical education at Purdue. Kepa earned his master’s degree in 1981 and went onto become an assistant with the offense and defense at Fenwick High School in Chicago. In 1983, he returned to his undergraduate alma mater for one year as a full-time offensive assistant before joining W&M in 1984. He and his wife, the former Mary Cappuccilli from Indiana, have three children, Christina, Nathanial and Nicholas.
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After serving as the Tribe’s linebackers coach for the past four seasons, Scott Boone was promoted to the position of defensive coordinator during the spring of 2011. In addition to assuming the new role leading W&M’s defense, he will continue to serve as the linebackers coach. An excellent recruiter and developer of talent, Boone has more than 25 years of coaching experience, which includes a seven-year stretch as head coach at RandolphMacon College (Va.). Boone joined the Tribe staff as an offensive assistant in 2004, while he also worked with the team’s secondary before taking over the linebackers duties in 2007. Boone handles the Tribe’s recruiting efforts in northern Virginia and southern New Jersey. In his four seasons as W&M’s linebackers coach, he consistently produced one of the conference’s top units. Among the list of standouts Boone has groomed are current allconference honorees Jake Trantin and Dante Cook, as well as former All-CAA standout Josh Rutter (2008). As a defensive backs coach, Boone helped mentor two-time AllAtlantic 10 cornerback Stephen Cason (2004-2005). In his seven seasons leading Randolph-Macon, Boone compiled a record of 37-33, including a 22-18 ledger in conference action. In 1997, Boone guided the Yellow Jackets to a share of the ODAC title, going 4-1 in league play and 8-2 overall, and garnered Richmond Touchdown Club and VaSID Small College Coach of the Year honors. While at RMC, Boone coached 34 players to First-Team All-ODAC honors in his seven seasons. Also, 14 team and individual school records were broken under Boone. Prior to his stint at RMC, Boone was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1983 to 1996. In Boone’s 14 years as an assistant, Wabash posted an 81-38-2 record. In addition to his football duties, Boone was the head baseball coach at Wabash from 1986 to 1997, compiling a career record of 231219 on the diamond, which ranks him as the school’s all-time coaching wins leader. Boone is a member of the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame and was honored this past summer for his outstanding contribution to the program. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Wabash, Boone holds a Master’s of Science - Education in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University, which he received in 1999. He was married to the former Jessica Spadafora in 2010, and the couple resides in Williamsburg. Boone has two children, Nathan, 16, and Delaney, 11.
Published on Aug 8, 2011